NPS opted for larger bird buffers then recommended by NCWRC so I think they are following "some" protocol of that commission.
Please advise me the "recommented" buffer size set by NCWRC.
I believe that the NPS at CHNS sets buffer sizes taking into consideration the area of critical habitat in relation to number of shorebirds and the proximity of human intervention, therefore the size of the enclosure will vary considerably.
I believe FWS at PINWR following that same reasoning.
The size of the enclosure for sea turtles can and does vary as to size of that area.
Note that the sizes of marked off area monitored by NCWRC/NEST, FWS/PINWR and NPS/CHNS vary.
Currently there are 18 confirmed sea turtle nests monitored by NCWRC personnel and NEST volunteers and fortunately there are personnel/volunteers that can review the situation of the nest daily. During hatching time the nests can be monitored in the a.m. and approximately 6-12 midnight by NEST volunteers.
Currently there are 28 (there are approx 4 weeks left for sea turtle nesting season) confirmed sea turtle nests monitored by FWS at PINWR and fortunately they can be monitored on a daily basis by FWS personnel and FWS volunteers. During hatching time, the 28 nests can be monitored in the a.m. and during hours that are approximately one hour before sunset until midnight.
Currently there are 256 confirmed sea turtle nests at CHNS and to think that these sea turtle nests can be monitored by NPS personnel and NPS volunteers as closely as the nests on the Northern beaches and Pea Island is not practical, therefore sizes of enclosures of the sea turtle nests may tend to be placed differently.
There is a strong possibility that the area of closures for nesting shorebirds and sea turtles may be reduced at an additional cost of NPS manpower and resources to enable ORV users to achieve their wants.
If anyone bothers to read the link below it will explain how the NPS may possibly implement that.Click to follow link...